Disneyland Outfit: Lazy Oaf x Disney Minnie Shirt Dress

Disney Style, Style

DSC06471In early March, I made a trip down to the most magical place on earth with my family. ¬†Since it was a quick trip, I decided to pack a whole bunch of Disney clothes rather than plan out a disneybound for each day — especially since I scored two NWT Lazy Oafs x Disney collection dresses on Poshmark just a couple weeks prior. Obsessive searching FTW.ūüôĆūüŹľ Plus the seller priced it lower than the original retail and offfered a discount on bundle purchases…and you know ya girl loves a discount.ūüėŹ

I was actually a little on the fence with this Minnie dress because I thought the ruffles would look too girly on me. ¬†But to my surprise, I liked this one more than the Mickey denim dress I also picked up. ¬†And surprise again, it’s actually a little short on me. ¬†I couldn’t raise my arms without something peeking out from underneath me!ūüėÖ ¬†How is it possible for a dress to be short on a girl who is 5’2″?!?

To prevent the whole outfit from looking too girlie, I accessorized with sleeker items. ¬†No fuss cat eye sunnies, easy crossbody, comfy sneakers, and called it a day. ¬†For that extra pizazz, I stacked a few bracelets and sported red lips. Sidenote: I’ve been loving this NYX matte lip creme in Monte Carlo.ūüíĄ ¬†Only had to touch up¬†a couple times throughout the whole day! ¬†At Disneyland…where there’s a whole bunch of delicious food and the sun is not forgiving. ¬†Think about that.ūüė≥

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DSC06428Dress: Lazy Oaf via Poshmark, Bag: Coach, Shoes: Nike, Sunglasses: Quay, Lips: NYX in Monte Carlo

Overall, this is a perfect spring¬†park outfit because it’s¬†easy, cute, and¬†comfy. ¬†Stay tuned to see the other outfits I put together that are great for a spring trip to the parks! ¬†In the meantime, please enjoy this photo of my mom, sister, and me.ūüėĀ

ABW

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Beauty and the Beast: Movie Chat and DisneyBound

Disney Style, Musings, Style

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For months, Disney fans have been anxiously waiting for the release of the live-action¬†Beauty and the Beast¬†movie. ¬†For me, I’ve actually been split on the whole live-action remakes. ¬†Some of them I¬†LOVE, like¬†Maleficent, and others I just don’t feel compelled to see at all. *cough*Cinderella*cough*¬† Still haven’t seen that one. ¬†Blasphemous for a Disney fan, I know. ¬†But I was somewhat excited for¬†Beauty and the Beast. ¬†Not to the level of¬†Maleficent, but I did tell my boyfriend I was at least going to see it the weekend it came out. ¬†So off we went! ¬†Him, I suspect, somewhat reluctantly.ūüėÖ

¬†Denim dress: my sister’s ūüėÜ, Shirt: Sears, Beastie: Danielle Nicole, Shoes and socks:¬†LF, Pin:¬†H&M

Before getting into my short movie spiel, let’s take a minute to talk about what I wore to this shindig. ¬†Obviously, you know about the Beastie already. ¬†And the best part about the Beastie is using him for DisneyBounds! ¬†If you’re not familiar, Disneybounding is a way to show your love for Disney using everyday clothes to put together an outfit that resembles a character. ¬†It’s essentially¬†a way to play dress up without wearing a¬†full on costume (or cosplay). ¬†So of course, I had to DisneyBound. ¬†And probably the easiest outfit to put together is Belle’s town outfit. ¬†A denim dress with a white shirt underneath are the core items here. ¬†After that, just add in the right touches of accessories. ¬†I wanted to channel the live-action Belle rather than the animated outfit, so I wore brown booties. ¬†And to tie in her red paisley accents, I wore red patterned¬†socks. ¬†Added a rose pin and to really make it obvious¬†what movie I was going to see that day, brought along the Beastie.

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^Just look at Emma’s face. ¬†That is a face of a woman that loves baguettes.¬†Carbs 5ever!

Now the spiel. ¬†For me, I was most excited to see Emma Watson bring Belle to life. ¬†I like Belle, but she was never one of my favorite princesses. ¬†But once the news broke about Emma, that’s when the excitement started. ¬†Overall, I liked her as Belle. ¬†Could the singing be better? ¬†YES. ¬†But I will say I liked her inflections while she was singing. ¬†Especially during her “Bonjour” reprise. ¬†It just added that extra emotion and sincerity for me.

To make up for Emma’s singing, there’s Gaston and Le Fou. ¬†Luke Evan’s performance was great. ¬†He needs to be the permanent Gaston meet and greet character at¬†all the parks all the time. ¬†Or can he hold some sort of training class for the Gaston actors? ¬†Something?! ¬†And Josh Gad as Le Fou is perfection. ¬†Obviously, Josh Gad knows how to be the comedic relief. ¬†So that’s a given. ¬†But can we give Disney credit for using Le Fou as a vehicle to introduce¬†a¬†small political statement?! ¬†No, it’s not nearly enough. ¬†But it’s a start! ¬†And the fact that Le Fou undergoes a little bit of character development at the end is just icing on an already delicious cake.

Last, the best part about the film by far are the two iconic¬†Beauty and the Beast scenes from the animated film – Belle walking through the town and the ballroom scene. ¬†These two scenes in the live action film are reason enough to go see it in theaters. ¬†I thought the town scene found a good balance of recreating the animated film, yet re-imagining it to be more dynamic and interesting. ¬†And the ballroom scene is just gorgeous. ¬†The grandeur, the beauty, Mrs. Pott’s motherly voice singing about love. ¬†Just…go see it.

Definitely a lot of other things I could talk about, but 1. trying to learn to be more concise in my writing and 2. don’t want to lock you up here forever like an immature boy that’s trapped in a Beast’s body.ūüėú ¬†Have you seen the movie? ¬†Let me know what you thought!

ABW

 

 

Styling the Beastie: Denim on Denim

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So my whole plan to post different¬†outfits with¬†the Beastie leading up to the release of¬†Beauty and the Beast¬†was pretty much a BUST. ¬†Total failure on my part. ¬†I’ve been sitting on the draft for this post for a month now.ūüėĎ ¬†But that’s how life goes. ¬†Once in a while, things suddenly get crazy or busy and things like this fall to the wayside. ¬†However, I did see the movie when¬†it was released and will write up a separate post about it soon!

Anyways,¬†last month I took advantage of the crisp spring weather and stopped by the Golden Gate bridge. ¬†If you’re ever visiting San Francisco, I would recommend going to Crissy Fields out by Fort Point. ¬†Bring a picnic blanket,¬†pack a basket full of cheese and wine, and then bike out to the fields. ¬†Hopefully, it’s warm enough¬†that¬†you can sit out, people watch, listen to the ocean waves…and if you’re lucky, encounter some playful pups out with their owners!ūüėČ

But I love this outfit for just that kind of outing. ¬†And wearing denim on denim means you can be ready for anything. ¬†Relaxed fit¬†jeans lets you¬†roll around in the grass or hop on a bike¬†with ease. ¬†Bring a¬†denim jacket just in case the bay winds pick up. ¬†Or throw it on the grass if you want to lay out to enjoy those few precious minutes¬†of “hot” sunny weather. ¬†Mules¬†are easy to kick¬†off if you have the sudden urge to dip your toes into the freezing bay water.¬† And of course, the Beastie is room-y enough to carry that extra roll of sourdough bread.ūüćě

dsc06350Jeans: Canyon River Blues, Jacket, Shirt: Homecoming Honolulu, Shoes: Zou Xou, Bag: Danielle Nicole, Pin: Disney Style

Hope you’re not getting sick of the Beastie because there’s going to¬†be at least one more post with him. ¬†A movie write up on Beauty and the Beast is just around the corner!

 

Styling the Beastie: Layers and Boots

Disney Style, Musings, Style

dsc06104The countdown has begun! ¬†Disney’s live action Beauty and the Beast will be in theaters in next month and I’m excited to finally see Emma Watson don those iconic Belle outfits.

To celebrate the film‚Äôs release, a lot of brands have been producing tons of Beauty and the Beast merch, including Danielle Nicole Handbags.¬† Early last year, I picked up their Beast clutch, BUT when a friend told me about the Beast backpack they released a couple months ago, all reasoning went out the window.¬† So yes, now I have 2 Beast bags in my closet.ūüėÖ

And I’m not gonna lie, a good number of times, I buy these quirky, yet amazing bags and then just set it on a shelf to admire it for days without ever really using it. So this is going to be just like trying to get back to the gym post holiday seasonūüė™…I’m going to document different outfits in order to keep myself accountable.ūüėƬ†¬†Sounds like a solid plan, right?ūüĎćūüŹľ ¬†On to the outfit!

dsc06077Beastie: Danielle Nicole, Dress: Free People, Denim jacket: Gap, Top: American Apparel, Boots: souvenir from Stockholm, Sunglasses: Quay, Watch: Michael Kors

The Beastie (oh, that’s my nickname for him btw) is surprisingly roomie. I could fit my camera, fat wallet, 2 phones, and car keys in there and still have room to spare. So when my sister asked me to help her take some photos around Japantown a couple weeks ago, it was the perfect carry-all bag. I wore it with an olive green dress that’s complimentary to Beastie’s tan colors and layered on a denim jacket, which if you look, closely picks up on his blue eyes.ūüĎÄ It was also a little sprinkly in the city that day, so I wore some tan knee high boots that matched Beastie’s fringe.dsc06088

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Even if I didn’t need to bring my camera with me, this is still a perfect outfit for exploring Japantown. There are SO many places to eat or grab your favorite Asian snacks. One of my childhood favorites are Taiyaki red bean fishes! And there are a couple Asian beauty shops that I love perusing whenever I’m in the area. But most importantly, DAISO!! And look at that, you have a roomy backpack to bring back all those small trinkets and sundries that you didn’t really need, but kinda do at the same time.

Anyways, Japantown will always have a special place in my heart. ¬†The¬†community has pretty much been a part of my life in one way or another growing up. As toddlers, my siblings and I went to preschool there. ¬†When we were tweeners, summer camp. And from the age of 5 to 18, I played in an Asian basketball league that was based out of Japantown’s¬†Buddhist church. ¬†It really felt like we grew up with¬†the community. ¬†I think I will always¬†value and feel connected to the Japantown community. ¬†And, to reiterate, they also have delicious snacks.

ABW

 

 

Pastel Pink Outfits for Valentine’s Day

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Will you be my Valentine, Kalbi?

Valentine’s Day isn’t usually my thing, but it’s kind of amazing how much pastel pink stuff I’ve bought recently. ¬†Maybe I’m subconsciously prepping for the occasion?ūü§Ē ¬†But since I’ve been in a long distance relationship for¬†almost 10 years now, I try not to put too much pressure on myself to celebrate the holiday since more often then not, I’m in a different city than the SO. ¬†But I can’t have all these pink clothes go to waste now can I?ūüėŹ

 

dsc06174Sweater: Sears, Shirt: Urban Outfitters, Leggings: Forever 21, Socks: Cotton On, Mug: VooDoo Doughnut

With the inception of Netflix and chill (like¬†actual chill, not “chill”), it’s sociably acceptable now more than ever to spend a cozy night in. ¬†Crowds and expensive fancy food is overrated anyways. ¬†Well, crowds are at least. ¬†And I usually prefer to be surrounded by huge piles of blankets instead of a tall wall of people. Please don’t elbow me in the face accidentally…ūü§ē

Anyways, cozy and cute are not mutually exclusive. ¬†Picked up this light pink knit sweater and it’s the perfect long cardigan to snuggle up in. Pair with stretchy leggings and fuzzy socks and you’re ready to binge watch Friends for the millionth time. ¬†Bonus: You get 2 pigs as friends.ūüź∑ūüź∑

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And let’s say by some miracle, I actually end up going out for Valentine’s Day. Maybe during Valentine’s Day weekend I’ll go to an art gallery or do dinner and a movie with some friends. ¬†Either way, might as well dress it up a smidge to show¬†how special it is to actually have me out and about.ūüė¨

While in Hawaii, I picked up this faux leather shift dress from the Zara sale. ¬†I love that even though it’s pink, it still reads a little tough because of the texture. And to not make everything too sweet, decided to pair it with a bomber and booties. ¬†Substituted my warm blanket for a turtle neck¬†and added matching pastel accessories to complete the look.

dsc06239Dress: Zara, Jacket: Members Only via Wasteland, Shoes: Sam Edelman, Short Sleeve Turtleneck: American Apparel, Clutch: Marshalls, Sunglasses:Quay, Bracelet: Kate Spade, Earrings: Old Navy

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I’ll be honest, I felt a little bit like a Pink Lady that day.ūüíĀūüŹĽūüėé

Happy Valentine’s Day! ¬†Go out and fill the world with pastel pink-ness!ūüíē

ABW

Rock the Dots

Disney Style, Food, Style

dsc05877Since January is usually a birthday month in my booksūüėČ, I always tend to forget that it’s also a very special month for one of the top¬†fashion icons – Minnie Mouse!¬† Throughout the month of January, Disney fans everywhere are encouraged to #RockTheDots¬†to show off their own #MinnieStyle¬†and Disney Style.

Rock the dots also purposely coincides¬†with National Polka Dot day. ¬†So a couple weeks ago, I brought out my dots! ¬†I’ve had this American Apparel dot blouse for a few years now and I love it to death. ¬†It always adds the perfect amount of whimsy to any outfit. ¬†But with my round Asian face and short stature, going full on whimsy can tend to make me look a little tooo doll-ish. ¬†And if you haven’t guessed already, I ain’t always a doll.ūüėŹ

So I paired my shirt with sleeker items like a polished faux suede moto jacket and slick skinny jeans¬†with a distressed knee, which helps give the whole look a little extra edge. ¬†And to really #RockTheDots, I¬†paired¬†my dotted shirt with¬†studded dot ballet flats. ¬†Another great example of¬†something sweet, yet polished with some edge. ¬†And of course, I had to¬†top it all off with my favorite Mickey bag.ūüź≠

dsc05888Shirt: American Apparel, Jacket: Kohl’s LC Lauren Conrad, Jeans: Carmar, Shoes: Sam Edelman, Bag: Disney x Coach, Watch: Micheal Kors, Sunglasses:¬†Quay

And since National Polka Dot day was on a Sunday, we of course had to go out for brunch. ¬†So we stopped by The Palm House. ¬†Got myself the spam and eggs benedict, which was much more filling than I was expecting it to be. ¬†But the brown hash brown looking thing on the bottom…it’s actually a rice “hash brown” if you will. ¬†Genius. ¬†And the eggs…¬†perfectlypoached.¬† Yolk splits that were food porn worthy. ¬†And the spam wasn’t actual spam. Instead‚ėĚÔłŹ, gourmet braised pork shoulder.¬† Yes, I may have had to wipe some drool off my face as I write this post.ūüėõ

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And aside from the food, the restaurant itself is adorable. ¬†Is city beach house chic a decor term? ¬†Lots of blue with palm green accents. ¬†And if you’re sad about having to eat brunch instead of watching your favorite team play, fret not! ¬†But come on, who actually says no to brunch?! ¬†But if you insist on watching the game, there is a bar area with TVs and you can happily scarf down your jerk chicken tacos or huevos rancheros while watching people professionally tackle each other. ¬†I, personally, prefer to enjoy a hot cup of tea.‚ėēÔłŹ

ABW

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Je Ne Sais Quoi

Disney Style, Food, Style, Travel

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There’s a certain je ne sais quoi about the French expression je ne sais quoi, don’t you think?

Found that gem on google. ¬†Did it make me sound posh and fancy?ūüíĀūüŹĽ Unlike¬†the cut off denim shorts I lived in while visiting Honolulu. ¬†And even though many tourists and locals alike can enjoy all the luxurious things¬†the city has to offer, my sister and I usually like to pretend we’re kama’aina. ¬†For us, that means lots of shopping and eating.

To fuel up for our shopping pilgrimage, we stopped by¬†Koko Head Cafe. ¬†Opened by Chef Lee Anne Wong, a finalist on Top Chef, Koko Head Cafe serves up hefty dumplings and brunch-style Asian comfort food. ¬† The cafe also captures¬†that hometown diner feel¬†with surf town decor¬†and¬†Wong’s framed personal photos. ¬†And don’t forget to pick up a copy of Wong’s book¬†Dumplings All Day Wong! ¬†If you ask nicely, you can even leaf through it while you wait for deliciousness to be served.

After stuffing out faces, we needed to walk it all off…before heading to dinner of course.ūüėÖ So we stopped by Ward Village South Shore Market. ¬†It actually underwent a huge re-model and I was excited to finally see it. ¬†South Shore Market is comprised of 18 local merchants to showcase and cultivate Hawaii’s creative scene. ¬†Shopping small couldn’t¬†be any easier. ¬†Walking through the stores, I also realized that many of the shop owners¬†are probably POC. ¬†Since Hawaii’s population is almost 40% Asian, it’s also likely that many of these creatives were Asian American. ¬†So not only are you supporting small businesses, but you’re also supporting businesses owned by POC. ¬†So. Much. YES.ūüĎŹ

Do you see that suitcase? ¬†It’s filled with watercolor cards of creatures from Fantastic Beasts. ¬†Yeah, ah-ma-zing!

And speaking of amazing, I also picked up these sparkle heel Zara boots the day before. ¬†They were the last pair left and in my size, so you know…had to get ’em. ¬†Don’t worry, they were on sale.ūüėČ ¬†And one of the many apples of my eye, my Disney x Coach red cross body. ¬†The perfect size for your phone and credit cards and comes with the cutest little Mickey hand charm. ¬†It just has a certain¬†je ne sais¬†quoi, non??ūüėŹ

ABW

dsc05573Shirt: Sincerely Jules, Crossbody: Disney x Coach, Shoes: Zara, Sunglasses: Free People, Shorts: Vintage

San Francisco Women’s March

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Go get yourself a copy of Bad Girls Throughout History STAT.

Around this time last year, I was in Hawaii frolicking around Aulani Disney Resort with close friends.  We were enjoying a nice meal and of course started talking about the potential election candidates.  I remember I started to cry because it was just unfathomable to me that people were even considering Trump.  After feeling defeated for the past few months, I knew that it was imperative, now more than ever, to do what I could to show my support.* Support for women and feminists.  Support for POC.  Support for LGBTQIA.  Support for choice. Support for the underserved.  Support for the underrepresented.

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(via Susan Kaufman)

I’m not usually a rally kind of person. ¬†The introvert in me always tries to figure out if there’s anything that I could do within my four cozy walls to use my voice instead of having to venture to the outside world. ¬†Sometimes I think I’m a cold-blooded reptile since I get so cold¬†so¬†easily outside. ¬†But today was quite the exception. ¬†Earlier in the week I decided to attend the San Francisco Women’s March and meet up with some old co-workers from my non-profit days. Backstory: We all worked together at a non-profit Chinese American Historical museum in Chinatown (check it ‚ě°ÔłŹ CHSA). ¬†I probably still would have gone to the march, but knowing that I was going to meet up with these amazing women¬†made me that much more excited. ¬†One of them even printed and laminated these perfect Leia rebellion posters. ¬†I, of course, had to sport my “Rebel” Star Wars cap.¬†ūüĎĆ

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Poster design from Ladies Who Design.  Download it for free and donate to designer Hayley Gilmore!

I actually had to run off for my family’s Chinese New Year’s dinner that evening, so I really only got to stay for the speeches and saw bits of the march on my way out. ¬†A great lineup of speakers and performers, but I choked up the most listening to San Francisco supervisor,¬†Jane Kim.

“My name is Jane Kim…and I am a¬†nasty woman.”¬†‚úäūüŹŅ‚úäūüŹĺ‚úäūüŹĹ‚úäūüŹľ‚úäūüŹĽ¬† ¬†

She went on to explain how she hired¬†an all female, all mothers, WOC legislative team at City Hall and how they’re “getting the job done!” ¬†Are you crying tears of empowerment yet? ¬†And then when¬†she talked¬†about how San Francisco is¬†one of the cities pioneering for social change, I just couldn’t hold it in. ¬†It makes me so proud to be a San Franciscan.

“We have a legacy of being bold. ¬†We were one of the first cities to marry gay couples. ¬†We are one of the first cities to provide single parent universal healthcare. ¬†We are the first city to bring minimum wage to $15 an hour – and most of those workers are women. So let’s march.” – Jane Kim

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As mentioned, I pretty much had to make my way over to Chinatown after the speeches, but did get a chance to snap a few photos of the parade and some fun signs. ¬†Apologizing now for the poor photo quality. ¬†It was pretty gloomy. ¬†And by the time the march started, it was raining and dark. ¬†I’m sure the earth¬†was upset that Trump and most, if not all, of his cabinet doesn’t believe in climate change.¬†ūüėĎ

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Of course the city showed its support in lighting up City Hall with pink lights. ¬†But¬†I’m sure it’ll change back to blue and gold once the Warriors play again. ¬†I’ll just have to be my own reminder to make my voice heard and support those who need it most. ¬†And¬†I urge¬†you to help us fight. ¬†Rebel against normalizing patriarchy, sexism, racism, homophobia, classism, ableism, and bullying. ¬†Rebel against believing that you have no voice. ¬†Rebel against silence. ¬†And for everything¬†that you’ve done so far, thank you.¬†ūüíó

ABW

OOTD/N:womens-marchRebel hat, Mulan pin: Disney, Glasses: Warby Parker, Girls flag pin: Tuesday Bassen, Egg socks: ikspiari (Japan), Leather jacket: LF, Black skinny jeans: Sears

*UPDATE: I just realized that I did not point out the privilege I have for not¬†feeling the¬†need to go out and march¬†until now. ¬†More specifically, I did not participate in any Black Lives Matter marches or events. That just speaks to the privilege I hold. I was always an ally, re-posting and reading what I could. ¬†But I never felt the need to march. ¬†I never felt in danger because of my race or the language I speak. ¬†I haven’t felt too threatened up until now. ¬†Even though I am a POC, I am not as much a target as, for example, a black male. ¬†And I just wanted to take this opportunity to acknowledge that.